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Daisy’s Day 2023
September 23, 2023 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm$75.00
You’re Invited! Join us as we celebrate our 5th annual Daisy’s Day!
We invite you to join us on September 23rd as we celebrate the 5th annual Daisy’s Day event to support animals in critical need of veterinary support. Enjoy music by local Top Shelf Big Band and refreshments as we raise money for the animals most in need in our community – the sick and injured. We are hosted by the beautiful Ameswell Hotel in Mountain View. We look forward to reconnecting with our wonderful supporters and raising vital funds for our community.
Register today, tickets are limited!
Date: September 23, 2023
Time: 4 PM – 6 PM
Location: The Ameswell Hotel, 800 Moffett Blvd, Mountain View, CA. 94043
Cost: $75 per person
About Daisy’s Day:
Knowing the importance of adoption, the Klapholz-Brown family decided to add a dog to their family. They visited several shelters before meeting 2-year-old Daisy at the Palo Alto Animal Shelter. She’d been found as a stray, and it was apparent she’d recently given birth to puppies. She was charming, and the family bonded with her quickly. Their first dog came home with them, tired and weary but ready for a loving new start.
“When we brought her home, she was so shy, afraid of her reflection,” Sue Klapholz remembers. “She also had terrible separation anxiety and panic attacks when crated, plus she ate everything in sight. There were many ER visits with X-rays to see what objects she had consumed.” With love and care from the Klapholz-Browns, Daisy transformed into a beautiful, silky-coated, happy dog, a valued family member, even accompanying them on trips down the California coast. She was 11 when they discovered a cancerous mass on her thigh.
Surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy treatments followed. “Daisy was such a good sport,” Sue says. “We’d go every day for radiation, and she’d just trot into the vet’s office.” Sadly, the cancer was aggressive. Following a beautiful family trip to Carmel, where they wheeled her around in a red wagon, Daisy’s family knew it was time. Losing Daisy was a terrible loss for the whole family. “Daisy was our first dog love,” Sue says. “She was a true part of our family.”
When Daisy died, Sue found some solace in the fact that their family had done everything they possibly could to treat her. She thought about how expensive the treatments had been. “Treating Daisy’s cancer cost us a year of college tuition.” She also considered all the people who would not have been able to afford such care for their beloved pets. Her compassion led her to partner with PAHS and create Daisy’s Dream, starting with a $10,000 donation which would go toward helping the local community with veterinary expenses. The idea for a Daisy’s Day event to develop an ongoing revenue stream for veterinary support programs was a natural next step. It has become a PAHS tradition ever since.
As the need for veterinary financial assistance in the community keeps growing, the work PAHS does to fill that need also grows. “Daisy’s Dream and Daisy’s Day are critical to me,” Sue says. “We’ve helped so many animals in honor of Daisy, who taught my family and me how wonderful dogs are. Her memory is doing something wonderful for people and their pets.”
Sue Klapholz was a PAHS board member from 2018 – 2022. She is Vice President of Nutrition, Health, and Food Safety for Impossible Foods Inc.